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Parchment schools reports high school student contracts MRSA

Parchment schools reports high school student contracts MRSA

PARCHMENT, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Parchment schools, just outside Kalamazoo, says a high school student contracted a highly contagious bacterial staph infection.

Right now, it's not clear whether the teenage boy got the MRSA infection at school or somewhere else.

The Kalamazoo County Health Department says it's working with Parchment and Kalamazoo Public Schools to find out, because the teen shares transportation and classrooms with kids in both districts.

Newschannel 3 spoke to Kalamazoo County Health and Human Services Director Jim Rutherford, and he says you typically need skin-to-skin contact to spread MRSA, and emphasized that there's not a big concern about a possible outbreak.

The Parchment school district says it's going to disinfect all common areas at the high school.


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